Andrea Ameden ~ As witness to the destruction that Hurricane Irene inflicted on roadway and bridge infrastructure in her hometown of Bondville, Vermont, Andrea was motivated to pursue a career in civil engineering beginning by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Vermont. Her studies focused on the structural analysis of steel, timber, reinforced concrete, and river engineering hydraulics and design practices. Andrea’s senior year capstone project involved designing a pedestrian bridge to cross the Battenkill River and connect two ends of the Riverwalk trail. From this, she developed strong communication skills while coordinating client and user wants balanced with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources regulations. In addition to her studies, Andrea was President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) – UVM Student Chapter, as well as a dedicated volunteer for the UVM Living-Learning Program serving Chittenden County. Andrea’s internships provided significant experience with data collection and synthesis producing extensive documents on the research of water pollutants, stormwater infrastructure conditions, and traffic count studies. She is enthusiastic to join the S&A team, which encourages collaboration, innovation, professional development, and community involvement.